152 Roebuck Street
(0121 553 2866).
Mon-Sat 11.30-2.30, 5-11, 11.30-11 Fri, 12-11 Sat,
Lying just off junction one of the M5 the Vine is well known as the pub that thinks it is a balti house. The pub usually features a local guest ale. On the day of our visit, this Black Country free house was serving the excellent Birmingham brewed Beowulf Heroes. The person serving me said this guest ale is very popular. There are two comfortable rooms at the front but most of those eating head for the conservatory at the rear which to my mind resembles a German beer hall. As expected the food is excellent. Most dishes cost ?3.50. We opted for the methi chicken masala and tandoori chicken bhuna. Both were delicious. If you like real ale and Asian cuisine the Vine is a must. No food served Sat and Sun lunchtimes. No accommodation here.
We have just returned from our third visit to West Bromwich. We go all over the country on fishing weekends. Our stay at the Moathouse is very nice, but the one thing that attracts us back is the vine. The food is second to none, especially the tandoori barbaque in the back. The host is very friendly and so are the locals. The biggest complement I can give is I wished I lived across the road, although I would be 10 stone heavier. (Philip Oldfield - 11/7/05)